The above script is part of the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,'
which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
Though most of us know that pregnant women shouldn’t drink alcohol -
approximately five-thousand infants are born each year in the U.S. with
fetal alcohol syndrome. Children with fetal alcohol syndrome don’t grow
to normal size. They have abnormally small heads, distinctive facial
features and can develop mild to moderate mental retardation. Some
children with fetal alcohol syndrome are also born with other birth
defects including heart, eye and ear problems. As children with this
syndrome grow, most will develop learning and behavior problems. These
include poor concentration and memory, impulsiveness, hyperactivity and
anti-social behaviors such as lying and stealing. That’s why the
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends women who are pregnant or
planning a pregnancy avoid drinking any alcohol.